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Topics in Chronicling America - Presidential Elections: Cleveland (1884)

The future of the tariff system weighed on voters’ minds as they cast ballots in the presidential election of 1884. Incumbent President Chester A. Arthur bowed out of a bid for re-election, leading to a contest between New York Gov. Grover Cleveland and James G. Blaine, a former U.S. Senator from Maine. Accusations of voter fraud in New York from both parties meant that final results were not certified until mid-November; however, Cleveland ultimately proved victorious and began the first of his two non-consecutive terms. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


Picture of Grover Cleveland

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Important Dates:

  • July 8, 1884. The Democratic National Convention begins in Chicago.
  • July 11, 1884. Grover Cleveland named nominee; Thomas Hendricks to be his running mate.
  • November 1884 Votes are cast, but claims of fraud incite riots in New York and delay declaration of winner. Cleveland and Hendricks are eventually announced as the victors.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase using Search Pages in Chronicling America: Election, president, presidential, Grover Cleveland, Thomas Hendricks.
  • To search names, you can use the proximity search on the Advanced Search tab. For example, search for Grover within 5 words of Cleveland.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results. For best results, limit your search to articles published in the year 1884.

Sample Articles from Chronicling America:

  • "The First Vote Taken," The Sun (New York, NY), July 9, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-6.
  • "Who Shall It Be?," Wichita Daily Eagle (Wichita, KS), July 10, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-5.
  • "Cleveland Wins It," The National Republican (Washington, D.C.), July 12, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-6.
  • "The Result in Doubt," The National Republican (Washington, D.C.), November 5, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-7.
  • "The Contest," Sacramento Daily Record-Union (Sacramento, CA), November 5, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-8.
  • "Still in Doubt," Wichita Daily Eagle (Wichita, KS), November 8, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1-5.
  • "The Election," Los Angeles Daily Herald (Los Angeles, CA), November 8, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Latest Election News," Sacramento Daily Record-Union (Sacramento, CA), November 14, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 5-7.
  • "It's All Over," The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT), November 16, 1884, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
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